EXTENSION CONNECTION: Don’t blame pests for dry lawn

Published: Monday, June 3, 2013 at 06:23 PM.

●Place several empty straight-sided cans, such as tuna cans, in the affected area and several in a normal area of the lawn. Turn on the irrigation system and let it run long enough to collect water in the cans. Compare the water amounts collected in the two areas.

●Occasionally, run your irrigation system and check for obvious maladjusted or broken spray heads.

If these tests do not identify the problem as lack of water, you may have a lawn pest.

But don't guess.

If you're unsure about the diagnosis, contact a reputable lawn care or pest control business or your local UF/IFAS Extension Office.


MASTER GARDENER YARD SALE: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 15, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural SciencesSanta Rosa CountyExtension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. Free admission. Details: Mary Derrick, 623-3868 or maryd@santarosa.fl.gov. Hearing impaired: 983-5373 (TDD).

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